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Hagerstown Lioness Club fashion show turns 21

November 19, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - From flowing skirts to sensible slacks, Ida Leininger was in the front row to see it all.

"I love clothes," said the Greencastle, Pa., resident. "I just buy clothes galore ... and shoes."

Leininger said she expected to buy a few outfits today that she saw modeled Sunday during the 21st fashion show organized by the Hagers-town Lioness Club. Joan Bachtell, co-chairwoman of the fashion show committee for the club, said more than $1,000 usually is raised.

The bulk of the proceeds benefit the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, which collects, processes and distributes eye tissue for corneal transplants.

"We want people to be able to see this beautiful world," Bachtell said.

Many at the fashion show Sunday at Cortland Mansion in Hagerstown said they were glad their admission went to a good cause.

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Leininger said she was looking for an outfit during the show that she could wear now, but without a coat. She's attended the Lioness Club fashion show before, and said she usually sees a few items that she goes to buy the next day.

"I'll be going out to buy it when I see something I like," she said.

Models at the fashion show were wearing outfits from Lena's of Hagerstown, Figure Head II, The Boutique and L & L Classic Clothes.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the different clothes," said Marilyn Lazzio, of Hagerstown.

Lazzio, a member of the Hagerstown Lioness Club, was one of several women who brought their daughters along.

Mikell Forrest's daughter, Lou Ann Forrest, is a member of the club and was one of the day's models.

Hagerstown resident Shirley Plotner said she comes to the fashion show each year with her daughter, Donna Pitsnogle, a member of the Lioness Club.

"I enjoy it," she said. "And it gets me a day out with my daughter."

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